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Pennsylvanian Plant Fossil Atlas by Thomas F. McLoughlin to Exhibit at the 2023 Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair)

Since he was young, Thomas McLoughlin had been an avid rock hound and fossil hunter, who had assembled sizeable collections over the decades. Now a professional geologist, he had long donated his collection after writing three highly informative atlases on the fossilized carboniferous plant specimens he had found. One of these is now slated to exhibit at the Frankfurter Buchmesse (Frankfurt Book Fair) in Germany.

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“To all the rock hounds and aspiring geologists of all ages.”

Every year, the Frankfurter Buchmesse brings together international publishers for networking and showcasing. Many of the books that will be on display feature plenty of new educational literature on a wide range of subjects from both the arts and the sciences.

This includes at least one of the in-depth fossil guides by Thomas L. McLoughlin, a veteran geologist and longtime collector of carboniferous fossils found in the Appalachian coal fields of Virginia. His book, “A Guide to Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of Southwest Virginia,” will also be among showcased books.

The book is one of three books he had written after identifying the different plant fossils he had gathered through the decades. McLoughlin is an expert geologist who finished his Master’s Thesis at Easter Kentucky University and then worked for the U.S. Depart of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Many of the fossils featured in his book were collected from his time as a coal mine inspector, including the remains of Lepidodendrons, Arborescent Lycopods, Calamites, and other ancient plant species that once dominated long before the dinosaurs. As of publishing, McLoughlin had donated his collection to the Virginia Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum in New Haven, Connecticut.

Readers will find “A Guide to Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of Southwest Virginia” at the ReadersMagnet exhibit during Frankfurter Buchmesse. The book trade fair will be taking place on October 18-22, 2023, at Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Thomas F. McLoughlin’s book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and ReadersMagnet Bookstore. For more information about his other books on geology, visit his website at

“A Guide to Pennsylvanian (Carboniferous) Age Plant Fossils of Southwest Virginia”
Author | Thomas F. McLoughlin
Published date | October 15, 2019
Publisher | ReadersMagnet LLC
Genre | Science

Author Bio
Thomas F. McLoughlin earned his Bachelor of Science at Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. In December of 1979, he completed his Master Thesis in geology at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. Then in June 1980, he joined the U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). He stayed with this agency as a geologist and coal mine inspector for almost 30 years collecting plant fossils in the coal mines and outcrops (road cuts) in southwestern Virginia. For approximately 26 years he taught Introduction to Geology courses at colleges in Cumberland, Kentucky, and Wise, Virginia. He started out in geology as a “rock hound” collecting rocks, minerals, and fossils. By the end of high school, McLoughin decided to become a geologist and attended college. His parents even insisted that he leave home because it was overtaken by his rock samples. During high school and college, he practiced lapidary work making jewelry from minerals and rocks.

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